Kelly Dawson

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Kelly Dawson is a writer, editor, and media consultant with more than a decade of experience in the lifestyle space. Her work has been published in nearly every major shelter magazine in the United States. She's a longtime contributor to Dwell and Architectural Digest, and her work has also appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Afar Magazine, Cup of Jo, Vox, Bon Appetit, McSweeney's, Apartment Therapy, Domino, and Refinery29.

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Latest from Kelly Dawson
Fresh salad greens being prepared in stylish kitchen still life
A Quick Guide to Tile Patterns, According to an Interior Designer
Bre Berolini Kitchen with wooden cabinets, reeded glass front cabinets, and brass storage rail
Space of the Week: This Kitchen Renovation Is Full of Secret Storage and Old World Charm
Kitchen with wood cabinets and white farmhouse sink
Space of the Week: A Well-Considered Layout Maximizes This Small Kitchen
White kitchen with white and blue cabinets, long island with four chairs, hanging pendant lights, and patterned tile backsplash
4 Smart Ways to Save Money on a Kitchen Remodel
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Space of the Week: A Couple’s Tiny Apartment Is Full of Impressive Storage Solutions
How to Fix 4 Common Painting Mistakes
A kitchen designed by Alexa Jacobs, a senior kitchen designer and showroom manager at deVOL Kitchens.
Space of the Week: This London Kitchen Features the Most Unexpected Cabinet Colors
Best Selling Paint Colors 2022, Peach pink paint color on wall with cane chair, artwork, and palm fan in glass vase
11 Best-Selling Paint Colors of 2022
Laundry room with black appliances and white and pink zellige tile backsplash and bar
Space of the Week: This San Francisco Home’s Laundry Room Comes With a Built-in Bar
The kitchen of The Misfit House.
Space of the Week: This Reno of a Historic Georgia Kitchen Blends the Old and the Blue
Space of the Week, Living Room with Built-in Bench and Banquette
Space of the Week: A Living Room Feels More Spacious Thanks to a Clever Use of Built-Ins
Space of the Week, blush dressing room with black pocket door and leather chair, RealSimple
Space of the Week: A Blush-Toned Closet Became a Designer’s Arena for Risks
Kitchen with a light blue tile backsplash, stools with woven backrests, and glass pendant lights.
Space of the Week: This Family Kitchen Embraces a Timeless Color Palette
Coastal Kitchen with sage cabinets and wooden island, sleek design, RealSimple
Space of the Week: This Coastal Kitchen in Sydney Features the Best Sage Green Paint
Space of the Week, Maple Leaf Entryway with Benches, RealSimple
Space of the Week: Cheerful Wallpaper and Secret Storage Make for a Smile-Inducing Entryway
Historic dining room with white walls and wooden ceiling beams and wood table
Space of the Week: This Historic Home’s Dining Room Got a Modern Makeover—With a Timeless Twist
Neutral Color Bathroom with Checkerboard Tile, White Walls, and Wood Vanity
Space of the Week: This Bathroom Makeover Feels Bright and Airy After a Few Style Shifts
Space of the Week, Moody Green Home Office with glass doors
Space of the Week: Two Lawyers Get a Moody Home Office Thanks to an All-Over Paint Job
Guest Bedroom With Green Bedding
Space of the Week: This Beautiful Guest Bedroom Went From Dirt (Literally) to Fresh Digs
mountain living room with large windows and sleek gray sofas
Space of the Week: A Living Room Embraces the 'Mountain Living' Look—Without Leaning Too Far Into a Theme
Cloffice with blue paint, wooden desk surface, and upholstered chair
Space of the Week: An Annapolis Home's Laundry Room Is Repurposed into a Clever Office With Storage
Kitchen Storage Ideas to Steal from Stylish Restaurants, restaurant kitchen
6 Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas to Steal From Restaurants
Floral Bathroom With Mint Green Vanity
Space of the Week: Floral Wallpaper Becomes the Defining Feature of a Formerly Bland Bathroom
Space of the week modern rustic kitchen with vintage style runner rug, wooden island, and black metal pendant light
Space of the Week: This Kitchen's Island Was Expanded and Stocked With Storage—No Major Demo Necessary